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  • Direct primary care offers a market solution to doctor shortages

    10/12/2016 12:52:16 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies ^ | October 7, 2016 | By Kathy Hoekstra
    A few weeks ago, patients of Dr. Chad Savage received an alarming email. The Brighton, Michigan, primary care physician told them that because of skyrocketing medical costs such as “expensive medications, crushing doctor bills and double digit insurance premium increases,” he would have to raise his own office rates. By…. $0. “Yup! That’s right. Nothing! Zero, nada, zip,” his note said. As a direct primary care (DPC) physician, Savage — not insurance companies or government regulators — sets his own rates. His patients pay a monthly fee for unlimited access to office visits and free in-office testing and procedures. And...
  • Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare

    05/15/2016 5:31:53 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 103 replies
    New York Times ^ | May 14, 2016 | ELISABETH ROSENTHAL
    AMY MOSES and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: “We don’t take Obamacare,” the umbrella epithet for the hundreds of plans offered through the president’s signature health legislation. “Anyone who is on these plans knows it’s a two-tiered system,” said Ms. Moses, describing the emotional sting of those words to a successful entrepreneur....
  • America’s million-doctor shortage is right around the corner

    04/02/2016 6:36:53 AM PDT · by george76 · 32 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | Apr 1, 2016 | Emma Court
    Primary-care shortage is growing especially acute in rural areas and in parts of some cities. The doctor is disappearing in America. And by most projections, it’s only going to get worse — the U.S. could lose as many as 1 million doctors by 2025, according to a Association of American Medical Colleges report. Primary-care physicians will account for as much as one-third of that shortage, meaning the doctor you likely interact with most often is also becoming much more difficult to see. Tasked with checkups and referring more complicated health problems to specialists, these doctors have the most consistent contact...
  • Medicare Won’t Pay Fees for Services Next Year

    01/27/2015 8:11:24 AM PST · by drypowder · 46 replies
    independent sentine ^ | January 26, 2015 | Sara Noble
    Next year, doctors and hospitals will no longer get paid according to the fee for services model. They will get a fixed salary according to how well patients do. We will see the equivalent of patient report cards. Personalized care is out, government one-size fits all healthcare is in. The more tests, scans, surgeries that hospitals and doctors do, the less they will make. What could possibly go wrong? It will have a devastating effect on patients’ access to care. Patients who come back for the same problem will be included in the one-time bulk rate. Beginning next year, Medicare,...
  • The Obama administration wants to dramatically change how doctors are paid

    01/26/2015 9:14:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 120 replies
    WaPo ^ | 1/26/15 | Jason Millman
    The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other measures. The goal is for half of all Medicare payments to be handled this way by 2018. Monday’s announcement marks the administration’s biggest effort yet to shape how doctors are compensated across the health-care system. As the country's largest payer of health-care services, Medicare influences...
  • Patients outraged after losing doctors under Obamacare

    12/14/2014 1:57:02 AM PST · by Zakeet · 46 replies
    CBS News ^ | December 12, 2014 | Wyatt Andrews
    Kevin McCarthy of Thousand Oaks, California, was surprised last spring, when he learned his family doctor of 14 years could not accept the Blue Shield insurance he'd purchased under Obamacare. He said he was "outraged" because when he was shopping for his policy, Blue Shield confirmed his doctor was covered. "We were duped," McCarthy said. "Hoodwinked is another good term." Here's what happened. Insurance companies -- to save money -- are quietly selling what are called "narrow networks." They sharply restrict the number of doctors and hospitals people can see. In some cases, people may be limited to 30 percent...
  • 215,000 Doctors (1 in 4 Nationally, 70% in California)

    11/03/2014 4:09:53 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | November 3, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    It's not just patient sentiment against Obamacare that has soured lately. A stunning 215,000 doctors (and rising) refuse to accept Obamacare patients. BREAKING: 200 Thousand Doctors Dump ObamacareGary Franchi ended the above video with this thought: "It seems the biggest lie Obama told was calling his wide sweeping healthcare law - affordable". Related Stories CNN Money: Got Obamacare, can't find doctorsMiami Herald: Some South Florida docs decline to accept ObamacareForbes: When Will The Government Start Forcing Doctors To See Obamacare Patients?Daily Kos: Doctor Refuses Patient Because She Has ObamacareGodfather Politics: Doctors Refusing Obamacare Patients Good News - Bad News Good...
  • UnitedHealthcare to cut doctors for Mass. seniors

    06/08/2014 10:51:22 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 25 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | 06/07/2014 | Tracy Jan
    National insurance giant UnitedHealthcare plans to cut up to 700 Massachusetts doctors from its physician network for seniors enrolled in its private Medicare plan as a way to control costs, according to company officials. For elderly patients enrolled in the plan, the cuts mean they will have to find a new doctor or eventually switch to a new health plan that covers their current doctor. The move, effective Sept. 1, follows similar cuts made by the insurer to its Medicare Advantage provider networks in 11 other states... There is also pending legislation in Congress to prevent health plans from cutting...
  • Another Hilarious Inequality Moment: Obamacare's Medical Inequality

    05/05/2014 10:05:36 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies ^ | May 5, 2014 | Morgan Brittany
    We hear it every day, “the rich don’t pay their fair share”, “there is a deeper divide than ever between the rich and the poor”, “the rich are getting richer and the poor poorer”.Blah, blah, blah, it reminds me of an old record that keeps skipping and repeating itself over and over.It is just another political point that this administration uses to divide the people of this nation. Lots of talk, no solutions. They talk about the privileged 1% and how evil they are. They bloviate on how unfair it is that the rich take advantage of the poor and...
  • Disastrous shortage of doctors, hospitals exactly what ObamaCare authors intended

    05/02/2014 10:36:24 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/2/14 | Doug Book
    Conservatives have known from the start that the true purposes of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are: 1.) the eventual implementation of single payer; and 2.) extortion of “acceptable” behavior on the part of the American people in return for life giving, medical care. And the deliberately catastrophic shortcomings created by the authors of ObamaCare have put this fraudulent healthcare scheme right on track to accomplish both. That the Affordable Care Act has little to do with providing healthcare–affordable or otherwise–could not be more obvious. If the intent of politicians was to provide access to medical care for America’s 30...
  • Some Covered California Patients Say They Can’t See A Doctor [Obama voters complain about Obamacare]

    04/19/2014 9:40:27 PM PDT · by grundle · 115 replies
    CBS San Francisco KPIX ^ | April 18, 2014
    MOUNTAIN VIEW (KPIX 5) – While open enrollment for coverage under the Affordable Care Act is closed, many of the newly insured are finding they can’t find doctors, landing them into a state described as “medical homelessness.” Rotacare, a free clinic for the uninsured in Mountain View, is dealing with the problem firsthand. Mirella Nguyen works at the clinic said staffers dutifully helped uninsured clients sign up for Obamacare so they would no longer need the free clinic. But months later, the clinic’s former patients are coming back to the clinic begging for help. “They’re coming back to us now...
  • California doctors, insurers face off over reimbursement rates

    02/24/2014 6:04:04 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 5 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | 02/23/2014 | Tracy Seipel
    Lowering costs by forcing doctors and insurers to compete for millions of new patients is a primary goal of the nation's new health care law, but a group of gastroenterologists in the East Bay and internists near Chico are exposing a fissure in that plan. There often aren't enough doctors to go around.
  • Can't keep you doctor under Obamacare? Try simply finding a doctor in California

    02/05/2014 8:12:06 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/05/2014 | Rick Moran
    Congratulations! You have successfully signed up for a truly excellent plan on the Covered California website! It's a really, really great plan. Really. Now, good look finding a doctor who will treat you. Los Angeles Times: After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office.A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business.Experts have warned...
  • Obamacare enrollees hit snags at doctor's offices

    02/04/2014 10:32:10 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 34 replies
    LA Times ^ | 2/4/14 | Chad Terhune
    Many consumers faced hurdles signing up for Covered California health plans. Now they're having trouble finding in-network doctors. After overcoming website glitches and long waits to get Obamacare, some patients are now running into frustrating new roadblocks at the doctor's office. A month into the most sweeping changes to healthcare in half a century, people are having trouble finding doctors at all, getting faulty information on which ones are covered and receiving little help from insurers swamped by new business. Experts have warned for months that the logjam was inevitable. But the extent of the problems is taking by surprise...
  • California: Obamacare Turning Cancer Patients Away

    02/05/2014 6:20:04 AM PST · by grundle · 28 replies ^ | February 5, 2014 | Joel B. Pollak
    The Los Angeles Times reports that once Obamacare customers navigate the confusing websites and pay the (often higher) premiums, they face a new problem: many doctors do not accept Obamacare insurance policies. It tells the story of a cancer patient who was turned away at the oncologist's office, and was only seen by a doctor once state regulators came to her rescue. Her story is not alone: millions will face the same problem. There are two reasons patients will be turned away: one that President Barack Obama hid, and one that he lied about. The first is that there is...
  • ObamaCare's Phony Medicaid Promise Exposed

    01/07/2014 7:20:15 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 16 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 1/06/2014 | IBD Staff
    Failure: ObamaCare is driving millions of people into Medicaid, a program we now know does nothing to improve health and actually drives emergency-room use higher. A central premise of ObamaCare was that vastly expanding Medicaid would ultimately save health care dollars. The millions of uninsured gaining access to Medicaid would no longer crowd costly emergency rooms looking for care, the thinking went. And that improved access would keep them healthier. Turns out that neither of those claims is true.
  • The doctor won’t see you? Analysts warn ObamaCare plans could resemble Medicaid

    12/26/2013 9:19:52 AM PST · by Innovative · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | Dec 26, 2013 | FoxNews
    Those signing up for private health care coverage on the ObamaCare exchanges may be in for an unpleasant surprise -- they'll have insurance, but they might have trouble getting the doctor to see them. Just as with Medicaid, analysts warn that if payments get too low, many doctors might start refusing to see patients. That will leave more and more patients jockeying to see fewer and fewer doctors. They emphasize, then, that having health insurance won't necessarily translate into access to health care.
  • ObamaCare, Doctor Shortage To Spur $2 Billion Telehealth Market - Forbes

    12/22/2013 10:58:51 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 10 replies
    Forbes ^ | Dec 22, 2013 | by Bruce Japsen
    The business of treating patients via telehealth in the U.S. will dramatically increase to nearly $2 billion in revenue within five years due to a confluence of events in the health care industry from doctor shortages to provider payment changes under the Affordable Care Act. A new report from information and analytics firm IHS says revenue expansion of the teleheath space — which allows doctors and other providers to monitor patients remotely via various devices, computers and related digital technology – will grow to $2.2 billion in 2018 in the U.S. from $240 million this year. The trend toward telehealth...
  • Vast Majority of Doctors (70%) Boycotting California

    12/09/2013 7:53:52 PM PST · by Innovative · 36 replies
    Townhall ^ | Dec 9, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite being one of the bluest states in the country and one of the first to implement state based Obamacare exchanges, doctors in California are boycotting Obamacare...a whopping 70 percent of them. An estimated seven out of every 10 physicians in deep-blue California are rebelling against the state's Obamacare health insurance exchange and won't participate, the head of the state's largest medical association said. So why exactly the push back? Under Obamcare, doctors are practically expected to work for free. “We need some recognition that we’re doing a service to the community. But we can’t do it for free. And...
  • No, There Won’t Be a Doctor Shortage

    12/04/2013 6:40:09 PM PST · by Innovative · 125 replies
    New York Times ^ | Dec 4, 2013 | SCOTT GOTTLIEB and EZEKIEL J. EMANUEL
    The rise of nonphysician providers will enable more team care. Skilled health aides will monitor patients at home and alert a doctor if certain medical parameters decline. Nurses will provide wound care to diabetic patients, adjust medications like blood thinners and provide the initial management of chemotherapy side effects for cancer patients. Pharmacists will provide more counseling and urgent care. Physicians will remain essential to the proper diagnosis and treatment of disease, but will be backed up by teams who will help manage the more routine features of chronic illness.
  • Primary Care Doctor Shortage Set To Get Worse, USA

    06/17/2013 12:47:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | 17 Jun 2013 - 0:00 PDT | Christian Nordqvist
    The serious shortage of primary care doctors in America will get much worse unless the country reforms its graduate medical education system, researchers from the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services (SPHHS) reported in Academic Medicine. Less than 25% of newly qualified doctors go into primary care, and just 4.8% move into rural areas, the authors added. This serious problem will only get worse unless some fundamental changes are introduced. … The American GME (graduate medical education system) depends on public funding. It receives almost $10 billion from the Medicare program, plus $3 billion from Medicaid....
  • Thanks To Obamacare, A 20,000 Doctor Shortage Is Set To Quintuple

    06/16/2013 10:38:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/15/2013 | Sally Pipes
    Obamacare is set to provide some 16 million people with health insurance through Medicaid or the new exchanges next year. Unfortunately, their policies may not be worth much — as they may not be able to actually get care. America is suffering from a doctor shortage. An influx of millions of new patients into the healthcare system will only exacerbate that shortage — driving up the demand for care without doing anything about its supply. Those who get their coverage through Medicaid or the exchanges may feel the effects of the shortage even more acutely, as many providers are opting...
  • Reflections of a Medical Ex-Practitioner

    04/07/2013 9:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 7, 2013 | ED MARSH
    The glow of the personal relationship with patients is being extinguished A fundamental principle in medicine is that if you get the diagnosis wrong, you'll probably apply the wrong therapy. A corollary is that if the therapy isn't working, increasing the dose may make things worse. That's where we are with ObamaCare. There are shortcomings aplenty in the health-care field, and changes and improvements are required. But never have I seen so many good intentions leading irreversibly to hell. Personal experience is by its nature parochial. Yet when it invalidates much of what passes for wisdom, there may be value...
  • Doctor Shortage Becoming Crisis Under Obamacare

    01/07/2013 5:55:49 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 42 replies
    Newsmax Health ^ | Monday, January 7, 2013 4:56 PM | Nick Tate
    If it feels like you’re spending more time in the waiting room of your doctor’s office these days, it’s not your imagination. Family doctors are busier than ever. For many people, it is becoming difficult to even find a doctor, say experts who blame Obamacare for accelerating the nation’s doctor shortage. … What’s driving the trend, health experts say, is the nation’s growing population of older Americans using more healthcare resources. At the same time, as many as 1 in 3 practicing physicians are nearing retirement age. What’s more, the addition of some 30 million patients newly covered by insurance—as...
  • From my wife's shrink: "Dear Patient, I will no longer be a Medicare provider" (vanity)

    11/28/2012 3:46:44 PM PST · by Seizethecarp · 74 replies
    My wife's shrink | November 28, 2012 | Seizethecarp (vanity)
    Dear Patient, Going into the coming year, I have made a difficult but necessary determination that I will no longer be a Medicare provider. This will go into effect as of January 1, 2013. My decision is directly related to the continuing Medicare cuts and cumbersome requirements that Medicare has put into place. Regretfully, it is no longer feasible for us to participate with Medicare.
  • ABC News: Hey, This Doctor Shortage Could "Crash" Obamacare

    11/15/2012 8:43:01 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 122 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11/15/2012 | Guy Benson
    Just in case the unaffordable price tag and rising costs don't quite do the trick, America's spiraling dearth of doctors will contribute heavily to the collapse of our re-engineered health care system, according to a new study:   The United States will require at least 52,000 more family doctors in the year 2025 to keep up with the growing and increasingly older U.S. population, a new study found. The predictions also reflect the passage of the Affordable Care Act -- a change that will expand health insurance coverage to an additional 38 million Americans. "The health care consumer that values...
  • Obamacare: Another Example of Utopian Foolishness

    07/03/2012 4:30:57 PM PDT · by JohnSmith13 · 9 replies
    The International Business Times ^ | 07/03/2012 | Kayleigh McEnany
    The Supreme Court has spoken, the president has spoken, and Congress has spoken. Now it is time for the American people to speak. In four months, Americans will have a choice. We can choose to elect a vision that is true to what America is -- a country where freedom is cherished, hard work is rewarded, and handouts are adverse to our very nature. Or we can re-elect a vision very much at odds with this foundation, a vision whose fruits are destroying America at its very core. The latter vision produced Obamacare, a piece of legislation that amounts to...
  • Doctors Despair Over Obamacare

    07/01/2012 6:31:52 PM PDT · by Dysart · 78 replies
    Big Govt ^ | 7-1-12 | Wm Bigelow
    The Doctor Patient Medical Association Foundation conducted a faxed survey of random doctors in May 2012. In the survey, it is clearly delineated that the medical system as it is changing is discouraging doctors from practicing. 83% of the doctors said that current changes made them think about quitting, and 90% of them thought the path of the medical field currently was wrong. They apparently feel that their Hippocratic oaths are being compromised; 61% of them feel that Hippocratic ethics are getting more difficult to practice, which is troubling, since one of the cardinal parts of the oath is the...
  • Trend Toward Concierge Medicine + Obamacare With a Flat Supply of MDs = Pending Doc Shortage?

    04/19/2011 9:21:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Carpe Diem ^ | 04/19/2011 | Mark J. Perry
    From today's Boston Globe (via Newsalert): "More Doctors Gravitate Toward Boutique Practice": "Concierge medicine is expanding as more doctors — and patients — tire of assembly-line primary care, opting for something more personal, and pricey. Concierge doctors care for a small number of patients who agree to pay an annual fee on top of insurance — $1,500 to $1,800 — in return for fast, unlimited access to the physician and to extra services like a comprehensive wellness plan. Patients also enjoy more leisurely appointments than the 15-minute visits that are now standard for most primary care doctors. The numbers...
  • Fewer Doctors + More Patients = Rationed Care

    02/15/2011 7:35:21 PM PST · by stolinsky · 5 replies ^ | 02-16-11 | stolinsky
    Let me ask some key questions: â—Ź Would you give up major parts of your childhood and youth to intensive study? â—Ź Would you spend one-third of your life in school and training? â—Ź Would you saddle yourself with hundreds of thousands of dollars of school-loan debt? â—Ź Would you go through four, five, or more years of postgraduate training, with sleep deprivation, job stress, and military-style discipline, as well as unpleasant sights, sounds, and smells? â—Ź Would you do all this, only to end up a virtual servant, following unrealistic, confusing, and often contradictory directives from non-medical government bureaucrats?...
  • Texas Tech Offers Quick MD Program (to address doc shortage)

    03/25/2010 8:33:45 AM PDT · by RaiderRose · 69 replies · 1,467+ views
    Lubbock Avalanche Journal ^ | March 24, 2010 | Sarah Nightingale
    Surgeons, cardiologists and psychiatrists often take center stage in the medical field. But a new program at Texas Tech's Health Sciences Center is all about family doctors. The university unveiled Tuesday a three-year medical degree to help address a shortage of primary care physicians in West Texas and across the nation. The new program will allow medical students to complete their degree in three years, rather than the typical four. They'll also receive a $13,000 scholarship to cover tuition and fees during their first year, Tech Chancellor Kent Hance said. "They get a scholarship in the first year, and don't...
  • Why doctors hate BamCare

    09/23/2009 3:16:41 AM PDT · by Scanian · 21 replies · 713+ views
    NY Post ^ | September 23, 2009 | MARC K. SIEGEL
    TWO-thirds of doctors "oppose the proposed health-care plan," reports an Investors Busi ness Daily/TIPP poll. Almost half would "consider leaving their practice or taking an early retirement" if "Congress passes its health-care plan." Many of my colleagues feel like we're already struggling -- nor are we prepared to take care of tens of millions more patients. An Association of American Medical Colleges survey predicts a doctor shortage of 150,000 (at current rates of population growth) by 2025 if universal health insurance is adopted. The doctors we do have would be overwhelmed with far more patients than we could realistically take...
  • HELP For Whom? (IBD Exclusive Series: Government-Run Healthcare: A Prescription For Failure)

    07/06/2009 5:33:23 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies · 394+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 6, 2009
    Health Reform: A Senate health care bill will force Americans to buy health insurance whether they want it or not. Where the extra doctors to treat them will come from is anybody's guess.When even the venerable Helen Thomas gets upset at an Obama show and tell, you know the sales job for health care reform and other goodies is not going well. "I'm amazed at you people who call for openness and transparency," said Thomas, a view we share. Thomas accused the White House of "controlling the press" and said just about all Obama events are "prepackaged." White House press...
  • Fewer doctors, more waiting

    12/02/2008 9:32:16 PM PST · by george76 · 76 replies · 1,363+ views
    The Portland Tribune ^ | Aug 8, 2008 | peter korn
    Lack of primary care physicians boosting health costs, hassles. There were days last fall when Gabrielle McGrew felt she must be the most popular physician in Oregon – and she hadn’t even begun practicing. McGrew is one of only three graduating residents who are choosing to practice primary care medicine, and the only one in Portland. Most of the other 31 internal medicine residents are taking fellowships that likely will lead to careers as specialists. the long-term implications of the growing shortage of primary care doctors could be a disaster, experts say, given the steadily growing number of senior citizens...
  • Primary care about to collapse, physicians warn

    01/30/2006 12:56:31 PM PST · by libertarianPA · 34 replies · 1,339+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | 1/30/06 | Maggie Fox
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Primary care -- the basic medical care that people get when they visit their doctors for routine physicals and minor problems -- could fall apart in the United States without immediate reforms, the American College of Physicians said on Monday. "Primary care is on the verge of collapse," said the organization, a professional group which certifies internists, in a statement. "Very few young physicians are going into primary care and those already in practice are under such stress that they are looking for an exit strategy." Dropping incomes coupled with difficulties in juggling patients, soaring bills and...